Creative musings in bright colors

Winter in the Vallis

*Sent for review

The third and final of my Gothic Gala Lacquer polishes is a beautiful magenta purple with a strong linear holo flare. This is the strongest holo I own, other than Nfu Oh #65, if that gives you some perspective!


This color is called Vallis Sanguine, or ‘valley of optimism’. This polish is certainly happy! This is two thin coats. It went on like a dream, dried very quickly, and was just a pleasure to work with! My other strong holo (the Nfu Oh) cracks, peels, and just generally has become a disaster to work with. This polish is chip free and going strong at 3 days.


Notably, the holo flare did NOT dim with the addition of top coat! I use a cheap 99 cent top coat (In A New York Minute by NYC) so if it was going to dim, my top coat would do it. I am really impressed! I also love the color…it looks like an elegant deep red/purple with glitter in dim lights, and comes to life in direct lighting! There has been NO sun since I painted my nails (there has, however, been snow! First snowfall of the season), so all of the photos are indoors. I got out my giant LED flashlight to take the ‘flash’ photos.


I hand-painted on the snowflakes. I had planned to stamp the designs, but I decided at the last minute to free-hand. I need a minute to brag: this design is on my right hand, which is to say I painted these snowflakes with my non-dominant hand. I have come a LONG way in the last year!!


I was inspired by this beautiful beaded snowflake manicure at Nail Polish Galore to add micro beads to my snowflakes! I have an order of more colors coming in from the Born Pretty Store that I can’t wait to play with! I’m not sure I think the beads add to the manicure, but they certainly make a fun texture to mess around with 🙂



  • Purple holo: Gothic Gala Lacquers – Vallis Sanguine
  • White: Zoya – Purity


Vallis Sangine ($9.50) can be found at the Gothic Gala Lacquers etsy page. Check out Gothic Gala on facebook for sales. From now till Christmas, all polishes 15% off with the code PRESENT15! Happy polishing, and happy first snow!

Comments on: "Winter in the Vallis" (10)

  1. I am in awe. I love how you took the magenta holo polish and turned it into a christmas mani. Incredibly pretty!

    • thanks! I didn’t know what to do with the color, but it was certainly time for more holiday manis! I’m glad you like it 🙂

  2. the beads really seal the deal! nice job on the hand painting as well

  3. Gorgeous snowflakes! I thought they were decals at first. And I love that NYC topcoat. It’s the only one I use now.

    • Same! Now granted I’ve never tried Seche Vite or HKgirl, but this one is sooo cheap and works remarkably well!

      • I used to use Seche Vite but it would always make my polish peel off in sheets. I know not everyone has that problem but it would happen to me every time I used it. The NYC one dries just as fast and doesn’t make my polish peel! Plus it looks amazing – I’ve had several people ask if I was wearing shellac polish since I started using it!

  4. Beautiful! I love snowflakes, gotta give em a try this year! 🙂

  5. […] then stamped on some snowflakes (I am NOT hand drawing any more snowflakes this season! It takes hours) from Bundle Monster plates 319 and 323. Finish with some […]

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